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Located on Inkerman Street in St Kilda, lies Junkyard Café. This quirky café has an excellent menu with a number of mouth-watering dishes to choose from. It is the perfect spot to enjoy those long leisurely brunches with your family or friends. You’ll enjoy drinking rainbow lattes while catching up on gossip or your recent holiday.
I went to Junkyard with two of my friends from high school, Beth and Emily, for a much needed catch up.
FOOD & DRINKS
We liked the menu at Junkyard and thought there was a good selection of dishes that would satisfy almost everyone. They also have a very small kids menu, which has two dishes on it.
Junkyard use the Niccolo House Blend Coffee. They also have a rainbow latte, which looks fantastic!
The following photos were taken in September 2017 and it might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino and thought that it had a nice strong flavour, but was far too cold for my liking. I have a feeling it might have been sitting for a while before it was brought to the table.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Beth ordered the rainbow latte. She really enjoyed the coffee blend and said that it was the perfect strength for her taste. The rainbow art ontop was beautiful. She probably wouldn’t order the rainbow variety again due to the increased price, but it was fun to try.
The only complaint was that it wasn’t hot enough.
Coffee rating: 4/5
For breakfast, Beth ordered the Soybean, Pea and Haloumi Fritters, with blistered tomatoes, bacon and relish and she added the poached eggs. This dish is also gluten free.
Beth really enjoyed her meal and thought that it was a good combination of flavours. Sadly, she didn’t seem to get any of the blistered tomatoes as stated in the menu, which left her rather disappointed.
The relish was the hero of the dish and added an excellent zing of flavour to the fritters. The bacon was cooked well and was nice and crispy.
The fritters were quite dense and moist in the middle, but she couldn’t really taste the haloumi and said that the other elements overpowered it.
Emily decided to order the Coconut, Raspberry and Citrus Hotcakes, with almond, coconut, black sesame granola toasted in organic coconut oil and rice malt syrup, with frozen raspberries and Coyo. This dish is both gluten free and vegan friendly.
She loved this dish and thought that the serving size was really generous, as she struggled to finish. She felt that the dish needed a bit more sauce or Coyo to balance out the raspberry purée.
Finally, she loved that the dish was gluten free and it actually tasted nice, as quite a lot of gluten free dishes taste like cardboard.
Finally, I ordered the Peanut & Banana Waffles, with salted caramel, peanut butter mousse and grilled banana and berries. This dish can also be made gluten free for an extra $3.
Let’s be honest, anything that has peanut butter, I’ll most likely order it. I love, love, love peanut butter and I couldn’t go past this when I saw it on the menu.
I thought that it was plated beautifully and loved the pops of colour from the strawberries and flower petals.
The waffles were tasty, but a little on the dry side. I personally didn’t think there was enough sauce/ peanut butter, and I found the waffles quite difficult to eat nearer the end. The grilled banana was delicious. It added a nice caramelised taste to the dish and was a great flavour combination with the waffles.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
We went on a Saturday morning. It was extremely quiet and we were able to find a table easily. So I’m not sure if we were just lucky or if the café is usually this quiet.
The service was good and the drinks and food arrived in a timely fashion.
It would have been nice to have our plates cleared a little sooner, but otherwise the service was good and friendly.
The atmosphere was relaxed and we felt comfortable to sit and chat for a long period of time. It was a little cold in the café, as it was freezing outside and the large windows/doors didn’t help to keep the place warm. But I’m sure it would be lovely in summer when they open up the doors and let the warm breeze flow through the place.
The back wall has a striking graffiti mural, which really adds character to the café. The décor in this place really fits in with the café’s name, but it’s clean and trendy. The bench seating looks like it is made out of old corrugated roofing and is something you would most definitely find in a junkyard. From the ‘old’ looking chairs, to the old tyres and the cool ‘barrel’ seats outside, this café definitely has character and you can see the designer has a fine eye for detail.
We were able to find parking down one of the side streets near the café.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT JUNKYARD
Address: 105/33 Inkerman Street St Kilda, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9593 6906
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Friday –7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7.5/10
Have you visited Junkyard before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,